Mended Little Hearts, a volunteer-led program providing hope and support to children, patients and families affected by congenital heart disease, expanded its services into Delaware as of Dec. 1.

During the summer, four parents of children born with CHD and five staff members from Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children representing pediatric cardiology, cardiac nursing, and social work and psychology joined together to start a MLH chapter called Mended Little Hearts of Delaware. They offer services for Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northeastern Maryland.

MLHD can help by providing an outlet through which parents can find answers, get support from other families who have experienced CHD firsthand, get connected to resources and receive education about caring for a child with a CHD.

MLHD provides peer-to-peer support through hospital visits by certified volunteers, phone calls, email connections, social events, parent matching program and social media platforms to connect families with others who truly understand because they have had similar experiences. Member volunteers that visit families in the hospital are trained to ensure professional and supportive interactions

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